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I Am Thankful For…

sonja and roland with turkeys

As we come close to the end of 2020, it is with mixed emotions I am writing this today. Thanksgiving is this week. It will be a different one for my family as I am sure it will be for many of you. We all have had to make adjustments in our lives.

This will be the first one in my life that will be just the two of us—no big old turkey, stuffing, and parades on TV. But I am still thankful we are still here. I am incredibly blessed to be able to see my children and grandchildren. While we have decided for safety reasons not to have the big gathering, I am still thankful we will talk to each other and maybe even see each other. Can I hear a big HECK YAH for Zoom and Facetime?

I am going to embrace change this Thanksgiving day. A brisket on the grill and a salad. My kitchen won’t be overheating, but I will still bring out my Thanksgiving china to serve our meal. I plan to pull out my grandmother’s old cookbook that, year after year, I bring out to read her handwritten notes about Behnke Thanksgivings in the past. I will find a recipe to make to go with our brisket. Maybe homemade baked beans? Or some sweet cornbread.

Yes, this Thanksgiving Day will be different but still the same. I will always be thankful for what I have and that my family is safe and healthy. I will still be extremely grateful for the love and friendship I have made through Behnke’s and my life. My friends, you have made this year so much easier. The letters and emails I get from you make my heart happy.

Have we all had struggles this year and in the past? Sure we have, and we will have many more in the future, but as long as we can reach out to each other we can I think it will just make us stronger. Maybe instead of sending an email we should just pick up the telephone and make a phone call to a loved one or a friend we know is alone or going through a difficult time.

So take care, stay safe, and in case no one has said this to you today, I love you and wish you all the best. (got that from a blog I follow by Mel Robbins. We all need to hear that don’t you think?)

Happy Thanksgiving,

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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